A terrific require exists for the improvement of new medicines to treat discomfort resulting from many illness states and varieties of injury. Offered that the endogenous cannabinoid (that is, endocannabinoid) program modulates neuronal and immune cell function, each of which play important roles in discomfort, therapeutics targeting this program hold guarantee as novel analgesics. Possible therapeutic targets incorporate the cannabinoid receptors, sort 1 and two, as properly as biosynthetic and catabolic enzymes of the endocannabinoids N-arachidonoylethanolamine and two-arachidonoylglycerol. Notably, cannabinoid receptor agonists as properly as inhibitors of endocannabinoid-regulating enzymes fatty acid amide hydrolase and monoacylglycerol lipase create dependable antinociceptive effects, and provide opioid-sparing antinociceptive effects in myriad preclinical inflammatory and neuropathic discomfort models. Emerging clinical research show that ‘medicinal’ cannabis or cannabinoid-primarily based medicines relieve discomfort in human ailments such as cancer, a number of sclerosis, and fibromyalgia. Even so, clinical information have however to demonstrate the analgesic efficacy of inhibitors of endocannabinoid-regulating enzymes. Likewise, the query of whether or not pharmacotherapies aimed at the endocannabinoid program market opioid-sparing effects in the therapy of discomfort reflects an crucial location of study. Right here we examine the preclinical and clinical proof of many endocannabinoid program targets as possible therapeutic techniques for inflammatory and neuropathic discomfort situations.

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PMID: 28857069 PMCID: PMC5719110 DOI: 10.1038/npp.2017.204



Donvito G1, Nass SRtwo, Wilkerson JL1, Curry ZA1, Schurman LD1, Kinsey SGtwo, Lichtman AH1.